Ark. (December 19, 2018) – From academic excellence to improved facilities and
extracurricular opportunities, here are some of the Hendrix happenings that
made news in 2018:
Rupert Named Distinguished Professor of Economics
Rupert ’82 became the College’s fifth C. Louis and Charlotte
Cabe Distinguished Professor in an Aug. 30 installation ceremony.
His course topics include managerial accounting, information systems, corporate
finance, statistics, and nonprofits.
Odyssey Medalists Honored
College awarded its 2018 Odyssey Medals
to Patricia (Tricia) Guinn ’75, Len Nichols ’75, and Mark Robertson ’79. The
Odyssey Medal is presented to alumni whose life achievements exemplify the
ideals of the Hendrix Odyssey Program.
Title IX Investigator Hired, Process Evaluated
L. Vetter was named Title IX Investigator
and Education Coordinator in the fall. She investigates alleged
sexual misconduct and gender-based discrimination, with a focus on cases
involving student respondents. She also coordinates educational programming and
mandatory annual training for students to ensure that every student on campus
understands how to be an active bystander as well as their rights and
responsibilities as they relate to Title IX of the Education Amendments of
Hendrix Advantage Plus Introduced Nationwide
expansion of the popular Hendrix Arkansas Advantage, Hendrix Advantage Plus meets
the full-demonstrated financial need for every qualified student,
extending the Advantage to any student with at least a 3.6 GPA and an ACT score
of 26 or higher or an SAT score of 1230 or higher.
LULAC Becomes Hendrix Aspire Program Partner
College and the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) of Arkansas on
Nov. 1 finalized an agreement
to offer Hendrix Aspire Scholarships covering up to the full cost of attendance
for a number of Federal Pell Grant-eligible students of Latinx heritage. Aspire
Scholarships support the College’s commitment to making Hendrix accessible for
qualified Arkansas students regardless of income level, and to encouraging
diversity among the student body.
Career Term Launched
College sophomores now receive intensive career preparation through a new
program called Career Term: Skills for Success
after Hendrix. Career Term features a series of experience-based
workshops and alumni networking opportunities designed to help students get a
head start on their career goals and put professional skills into practice. The
first Career Term was held in January of this year, and the 2019 Career Term is
expected to double the number of participating students.
New Partnership with SMU’s Perkins School of
College students now have an opportunity for early admission to Southern
Methodist University’s Perkins School of Theology, thanks to an agreement
signed in March of this year. The agreement honors the institutions’
common heritage in The United Methodist Church and their shared commitment to
training students for ministry.
New Minors Added in Data Analytics and Social Justice
semester, Hendrix College began offering a new minor degree in Data
Analytics. The new minor was approved by the Hendrix College Board
of Trustees at their February 2018 meeting, making Hendrix one of only four
Associated Colleges of the South member institutions with a data analytics
minor. Approved by the Hendrix College Board of Trustees at its May meeting and
housed in the Sociology/Anthropology Department, the Social Justice minor
works to develop students’ capacities to be change agents for a wide range of
social justice-related vocations, such as teaching, policy, counseling,
advocacy, and nonprofit work.
Beach Volleyball Added to Intercollegiate
beach volleyball, the College’s 22nd
NCAA Division III sport, will debut at Hendrix in March 2020.
Hendrix alumna and indoor volleyball standout M.C. Rogers ’16 leads the
developing program as its first head coach.
Hendrix/Talk Business & Politics Poll Project
partnership that began in 2010 as a natural extension of a longtime mutual
interest in Arkansas news and politics between two Hendrix alumni, Talk Business & Politics founder
Roby Brock ’88 and Hendrix politics professor Dr. Jay Barth ’87, will increase
the number of polls to at least six each year, up from three or
POINTS OF PRIDE
Miller Creative Quad Construction Begins
The new Miller
Creative Quad continues to take shape at the heart of campus, next
to the Student Life and Technology Center. The Miller Creative Quad will contain
the Windgate Museum of Art; new office, practice, and classroom facilities for
the Department of Music; a new industry-standard film screening room; and living
space on the upper floors that will house 100 students.
Heritage Residence Halls Upgrades On the Way
multi-year project to upgrade five traditional
residence halls is underway with infrastructure improvements,
including connecting campus buildings to a district cooling loop to maximize
energy efficiency and minimize disruption or downtime should a single
building’s cooling system fail. Veasey and Martin Halls will close after
Commencement 2019 so upgrades can take place during the 2019-2020 academic
Continued National Recognition
remains strong in national rankings, appearing on CollegeConsensus.com as #65
in the nation among liberal arts colleges and topping the
list for Arkansas. It has maintained its #76 spot in U.S. News and World Report’s national
liberal arts colleges list; continues as one of only two Arkansas institutions
featured in the Fiske Guide to Colleges;
appeared in Best Value rankings released by Kiplinger’s
Personal Finance and Forbes; and
topped the Best
Dining Halls list issued by BestColleges.com.
Dawkins Center LEED Certified
Ann and David Dawkins Welcome Center, which opened in 2017, achieved
LEED Certified status in 2018. Hendrix worked with Entegrity
to ensure that the project met standards for green building practices. Hendrix
alumni April Ambrose ’01 and Jared Rickman ’08 led Entegrity’s educational
sessions on the building’s environmentally friendly features, and spent time
talking with students in the Environmental Studies program.
Odyssey Funding Tops $4 Million
College Committee on Engaged Learning crossed the $4 million
milestone with Odyssey Program grants for the April 2018 cycle. It
now has awarded $4,116,718.28 in Odyssey grants to Hendrix students and faculty
since the Odyssey Program’s inception in 2005.
Women’s Basketball, Heather Prowse ’18 was named SAA Defensive Player of the
Year; Jaydan Hunt ’21 received SAA Newcomer of the Year honors in Women’s Track
& Field; Sam Melhorn ’20 and Trinity Dohoney ’22 set new records for
Hendrix Swimming and Diving; and for the second-straight season, Hendrix Volleyball
reached the SAA Tournament semifinals – winning more than 20 games for the
fifth season within the last six years.
About Hendrix College
liberal arts college in Conway, Arkansas, Hendrix College consistently earns
recognition as one of the country’s leading liberal arts institutions, and is
featured in Colleges That Change Lives:
40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About Colleges. Its academic
quality and rigor, innovation, and value have established Hendrix as a fixture
in numerous college guides, lists, and rankings. Founded in 1876, Hendrix has
been affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884. To learn more,